Have you ever wondered what happens to items that go unclaimed from YVR’s Lost & Found desk? Perhaps you have had a penknife or pair of nail scissors confiscated at YVR’s security screening prior to boarding a plane, or, had to offload some items from your luggage to meet airline baggage weight restrictions. Where do these items go? Often they end up at Vancouver Airport Chaplaincy’s Thrift Store on Miller Road right here on Sea Island.
Popular with airport staff and members of the local community, the Thrift Store opens every Friday from 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m. and is an important source of funding for the Chaplaincy. Everything from penknives and tools, clothing and toys, travel pillows and books – all kinds of items that have been lost, abandoned or donated can be found year-round at the Thrift Store. Meet Chaplain Layne Daggett (Youtube Video) and get a sneak peak of what the thrift store has to offer.
Vancouver Airport Chaplaincy has operated at YVR since 1983 to minister to the personal, social and spiritual needs of airport personnel and the general public visiting YVR. Chaplain Layne Daggett heads up a group of dedicated Associate Chaplains and volunteers who work diligently to provide valuable support to the airport community.
Along with providing a quiet place for prayer, the Chaplaincy assists in a myriad of ways such as sourcing protective shelter for people in need, assisting stranded travellers who have no local contacts, conducting groups and individual sessions to overcome a fear of flying as well as conducting weddings and memorial services. In 2009, the Chaplaincy handled more than 8,000 visits and inquiries. The Chaplaincy is funded by donations from individuals and local churches and organizations, its various programs and fundraising efforts as well as proceeds from the Thrift Store.
To find out more about Vancouver Airport Chaplaincy and the Thrift Store, visit the Chaplaincy web site.